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Top 50 restaurants in Australia 2019

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by As rated by verified OpenTable diners
Updated March 03, 2020

The OpenTable top 50 restaurants in Australia 2019 consistently serve up creative dishes, unparalleled hospitality and one-of-a-kind dining experiences, whatever the dining occasion. This year's top 50 list was determined by analysing more than 173,000 reviews from more than 2,000 restaurants across Australia - all submitted by verified diners.

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4.8
4.8 (2435)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Townsville CBD

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About the restaurant
Enjoy the breathtaking waterfront views, sparkling starry night skies, and refreshing breezes of our outdoor balcony, or opt for indoor air-conditioned seating to beat the heat (which can be a must in North Queensland!).

Our restaurant's name, A Touch of Salt, is a play on our family name, Brine. In 2005, we started as a family business, and our family-style approach of offering genuine hospitality and meals designed for conversation has always been the heart of A Touch of Salt. Over the years, we have perfected our restaurant to become one of the best casual fine-dining restaurants in the North.

We take pride in being appreciated by the locals of Townsville as well as travellers from all over Australia.

Top review
Kilty
Dined 3 days ago
Want a great place to eat in Townsville?? Can’t go past A TOUCH OF SALT fantastic.
A photo of Alibi Bar & Dining restaurant
4.4
4.4 (893)
$41 to $100
Vegan
Woolloomooloo

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About the restaurant
Welcome to Sydney’s conservatory of green.

Set amongst an ‘indoor-alfresco’ dining setting, Alibi Bar & Dining serves up Mediterranean veggie fare with flair and soul.

Pairing Australia’s pioneer of plant-based cuisine, Shannon Martinez with legendary mixologist Andrea Gualdi, Alibi creates a sensory journey of discovery.

Expect a soulful menu that leans heavily on Martinez’s Spanish heritage, and a fresh and sustainable drinks list that takes inspiration from the Mediterranean style of drinking.

Currently, we trade in the restaurant Tuesday to Saturday evenings from 5:30pm.

We offer bookings in our bar as well as our restaurant (dining). Bar bookings are offered a brief snack menu with some substantial options.

In the restaurant we offer an A la Carte menu option Tuesday to Thursday. On Fridays and Saturdays, we offer a share menu.

Top review
JanetS
Dined 2 days ago
Superb vegan food. One of the best meals ever especially the crispy aubergines with creamy insides. Great service and non alcoholic pairings.
A photo of Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1128)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Hunter Valley

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About the restaurant
Please note for Wednesday & Thursday or any other dates when Circa 1876 is not available, Restaurant 88 may be open for booking. Click here to check availability and reserve your table at Restaurant 88 today. A short stroll down the tree-lined driveway is Circa 1876, the Hunter Valley's most iconic restaurant, located in an historic cottage on the picturesque grounds of Roscrea Estate. Circa 1876 showcases some great Hunter Valley wines in an award-winning wine list. Circa 1876 quite literally brings the ‘farm to fork’ ethos to life as guests overlook the organic kitchen garden that their food came from just beyond their plate.
Top review
HannahW
Dined on Feb 20, 2024
Fantastic food and service. Perfect for a special celebration
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4.7
4.7 (1487)
$101 and over
Modern Australian
St Kilda

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About the restaurant
Welcome to Donovans - our ‘house on the beach’ and home we love to share. Donovans is located on the St.Kilda beach front offering guests a memorable dining experience in Melbourne. With a bay side view, beautiful Mediterranean inspired food and the special relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant, Donovans is where you will feel at home.

Donovans’ exciting menu has been developed our intimate knowledge of modern Mediterranean cooking. The menu is extensive with a modern mix of favourite dishes emphasising the best local produce. Donovans also offers an extensive wine list of Australian and imported wines and an eclectic mix of cocktails.

Top review
Sallym
Dined 2 days ago
We lopve this restaurant and great to see the quality is still great after Keven and Gail sold it
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4.8
4.8 (1569)
$40 and under
Italian
Carindale

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About the restaurant
Candle lit tables, chianti by the glass, crooners and generous old fashioned house made pizza, calzone, gelati, huge pastas and antipasto. Perfect for a family dinner, an intimate night for two, or a work get together. A south side institution since 1984.
Top review
JulieB
Dined 2 days ago
Brilliant as always. Food is always amazing. Highly recommend
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4.8
4.8 (1247)
$40 and under
Modern Australian
Cambridge

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About the restaurant
Enjoy a collection of dishes from the land, sea and garden; a tribute to the beautiful produce of Tasmania and the diversity of kitchens around the world.

Please note : A surcharge of 10% applies on Sundays and Public Holidays

Top review
RaeleneW
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent customer service from the moment we arrived. The food was delicious and the presentation was outstanding. Our Server Dan was exceptional. He made the afternoon most enjoyable from his happy nature to his knowledge of the food and beverage. Totally recommend this venue for the ultimate experience.
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4.7
4.7 (1571)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Timbumburi

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About the restaurant
Lead by Head Chef Jarrod Smith, Glasshouse is proud to serve a variety of expertly prepared, locally sourced dishes, in a phenomenal venue.
Goonoo Goonoo Station is undoubtedly the New England regions finest destination for accommodation, dining, and events.

Please note:
At Glasshouse, we have seatings options for groups from 2 - 50 people.
Bookings are currently limited to groups of 10 persons maximum.
If your desired time is does not show, unfortunately that time is not available.
Bookings prior to 6:30pm are for 2 hours only.

Top review
Cloakey
Dined 6 days ago
Location is beautiful, service was faultless and the food was outstanding. Everything about the Glasshouse was exactly what we could have hoped for. Will definitely be returning in the near future.
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4.7
4.7 (2043)
$40 and under
Italian
Noosaville / Noosa Heads

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About the restaurant
The decor is like a restaurant in NY, Melbourne or Europe and they have added detail with sophistication yet it appears simple and sleek lines with subtle lighting that gives a great atmosphere. There are different areas to sit from the bar to lounge, table seating or a small outdoor area.
Top review
MatthewR
Dined 2 days ago
Was a little too hot , need AC to be turned up would have been nice
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4.7
4.7 (2184)
$41 to $100
Asian
Broadbeach

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About the restaurant
Mamasan Kitchen + Bar is a contemporary pan Asian restaurant with a menu that is designed to share, from cuisines including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian and Thai.

Mamasan Bar serves unique Asian inspired cocktails alongside a selection of premium local and international wines, spirits, tap beer + sake, all designed to compliment the modern Asian menu.

Featuring a unique modern decor and a relaxed yet stylish atmosphere, Mamasan incorporates spaces for all size gatherings including private dining at the 10 seat Banquet Table, outdoor seating on our enclosed Deck or drinks and small bites in the Bar area.

Top review
Lindylouvip
Dined on Feb 21, 2024
Mamasan never disappoints! It truly has the most amazing yummy dishes 10/10 ⭐️⭐️
A photo of Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant and Bar Northcote restaurant
4.7
4.7 (398)
$41 to $100
African
Northcote

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About the restaurant
The cuisine of culturally rich Ethiopia utilises a sophisticated array of spices to produce a diverse and flavorful taste. Meals are traditionally served on a communal platter for sharing with friends and family.

Come and discover the charm of Ethiopia and MESOB.

Top review
Donut
Dined 6 days ago
First time dining at Mesob and enjoying Ehtiopian food. Attentive friendly staff and lovely food. Owner/Manager came to talk to us at the end of the meal and delighted us with some culture and history of Ethiopia. Very nice meal - we got a combo meal option. Would highly recommend and will be exploring more of this fine cuisine in the future.
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4.6
4.6 (1040)
$40 and under
Greek
Prospect

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About the restaurant
Andrew Papadakis moved to Australia in 2012 with the vision of sharing an authentic piece of Greece through the culture of food and family.



At Meze-Mazi, we’re all about authenticity. Our food is derived from old family recipes and our native Greek chefs craft each dish with the same love and passion that they do for their own families.

Top review
KatyKate
Dined 1 day ago
Took my sister to celebrate her birthday and she was in the mood for Greek food. She was extremely satisfied with the food and service we were given and her only small complaint was the lack of dolmas on the menu. nevertheless would definitely eat there again
A photo of Park Street Pasta & Wine restaurant
4.5
4.5 (791)
$41 to $100
Italian
South Melbourne

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About the restaurant
Located in a historic corner building at 268 Park Street, Park Street Pasta & Wine is South Melbourne’s friendly neighbourhood pasta and wine bar from Italian Restaurateurs Luca Balbo & Lino Torre, combining their passion for food and experience in the hospitality industry.

Head chef Tommaso Bartoli whips up a creative menu that heavily draws on his Tuscan roots. Starting his career in the kitchens of Florence, he brings to Australia all the knowledge and passion for food that define with his personal style.

All our pasta is handmade in-house in the traditional ‘fatta a mano’ style. Our menu features inventive sharing plates, classic pasta dishes that nod to various parts of Italy, plus a few modern iterations, all reflective of seasonal quality produce. with a tidy selection of Italian, international and local wines to match.

We are located at 268 Park Street on the Corner of Park Street and Perrins St, just down from the iconic South Melbourne Town Hall.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Being a real Italian it’s always hard for me to really appreciate pasta in Australia but I can finally say that I found a real authentic Italian restaurant. Every dish I had tonight was just amazing, delicious and really reminded me of home. Me and my mum shared kingfish and carrozza as an entrè both simple but fancy and tasty at the same time. We then had the smoked ricotta ravioli and I can definitely say they were the best ones I had in a really long time and also the cacio e pepe spaghetti FINALLY cooked al dente in a REAL Italian way. The service was super friendly and efficient despite the restaurant was super busy. If you like Italian food this is the place to go in Melbourne.
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4.8
4.8 (4402)
$101 and over
Contemporary Asian
Burleigh Heads

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About the restaurant
Pan-Asian flavours in one of the Gold Coast's most iconic locations. Focusing on fresh locally sourced produce with intention to share.

By Head Chef James Brady

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Spectacular! Fabulous environment /outlook Attentive helpful staff Unbelievable food - exquisite taste sensation and value for $ . Special - Shout out to our waiter 6ft 6 Marcos and Nick the photographer !
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4.7
4.7 (2936)
$41 to $100
Seafood
Noosaville / Noosa Heads

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About the restaurant
Set on the banks of the beautiful Noosa River, Rickys River Bar & Restaurant delivers a dining experience that encapsulates the Noosa lifestyle. Rickys offers a delicious menu featuring a wonderful selection of fresh seafood and the very best local produce. With sweeping views of the Noosa River, Rickys is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch, a sunset dinner or a relaxing cocktail in their River Bar.
Top review
Vicki
Dined 1 day ago
We enjoyed a lovely dinner at Ricky’s. Beautiful spot on the river, service was friendly and food was very nice.
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4.7
4.7 (3046)
$101 and over
Modern Australian
Noosaville / Noosa Heads

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About the restaurant
Located overlooking Noosa Main Beach, Sails Restaurant offers sophisticated yet relaxed dining.

Executive Chef, Paul Leete, presents a creative fusion of modern Australian cuisine, while keeping a strong focus on fresh, seasonal produce.

Paul combines ingredients, sourced with integrity, to create clean, thoughtful and uncomplicated menus.

Sails Restaurant also features a multi award winning wine list showcasing more than 500 wines, with a focus on great Australian, New Zealand and French winemakers.

Open from 12pm daily for lunch and dinner.

Sails Restaurant is open for all Public Holidays through the Christmas and Easter periods.

When placing your reservation, please understand that requests for specific tables cannot be guaranteed. We appreciated that everyone who books with us wants to sit close to the beach front, therefore we allocate these tables according to how far in advance you book.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We always enjoy every meal at Sails. Not only is the food and wine delicious, the staff are friendly and the location is sensational!
A photo of The Carlton Wine Room restaurant
4.7
4.7 (757)
$41 to $100
European
Carlton

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About the restaurant
Carlton Wine Room is a neighbourhood restaurant offering a well-executed, fresh, seasonal food menu, and an ever changing, diverse wine list featuring the best of Italy, Australia and the rest of the World. We offer a bar space, an upstairs restaurant dining room and three unique spaces that are can be booked for private dining perfect for special events.

RESERVATIONS: are for a two hour sitting. We do not accept bookings for drinks and snacks, however we accept walk-ins for this if space permits. A surcharge of up to 1.2% applies to credit card transactions. A surcharge of 10% applies on Sundays and 15% on Public Holidays.

OUTSIDE SEATING: please note this is subject to the weather and we may not be able to move your reservation inside in the case of bad weather.

CANCELLATION: A $50 per person no show fee is charged for failing to attend your reservation. Contact us on 9347 2626 to make changes or cancel your reservation.


Top review
Janeb
Dined 2 days ago
Great food and great service in a welcoming environment
A photo of City Wine Shop and The European restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1180)
$41 to $100
European
Melbourne CBD

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About the restaurant
Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and taking bookings for the European restaurant Tuesday-Sunday. If you can't find a booking online, please contact the restaurant directly. On Mondays we welcome all guests on a walk in basis. Our extensive outdoor area welcomes guests on a walk in basis so feel free to drop by. We are always happy to see you. Located near the iconic Parliament and Princess Theatre, we offer classic bistro fare with substance and character to complement our extensive collection of Champagne and wines available to enjoy with your meal. We take the best seasonal produce available, cooking simple classic food for lunch and dinner, and everything in between. Drawing on our own in house butcher and farmhouse cheeses matured by our friends at Spring Street Cheese Cellar there is always something new to try on the menu. City Wine Shop and the European offers a welcoming ambiance and warm, generous hospitality - a beacon of Melbourne dining at its best.
Top review
AlexLaw
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent vibe and service. Great local oyster. Had chicken schnitzel, fish and streaks. They are all excellent
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4.7
4.7 (2530)
$41 to $100
Steakhouse
Bendigo

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About the restaurant
Take it slow… Have a drink to start. Enjoy a cocktail, local wine or craft beer, Share a snack or two in our dedicated Bar.
Smell the delicious smokiness of Bendigo’s only dedicated steakhouse & grill, where we use local redgum on the grill; there’s nothing quite like the flavour of meat cooked over redgum. The natural smoky flavours and aromas created by this unique timber are something truly special. In the finest tradition of steakhouses, we use locally sourced meat and the very best in fresh, regional produce.

Showcasing 350 wines, including 28 by the glass, including some seriously interesting wines curated by our inhouse Sommelier. With local wines taking pride of place, including some intriguing European offerings, plus a supporting cast of spirits, beers and other beverages, including a decent alcohol-free selection. Cocktail drinkers will be impressed with our seasonally curated list.

Our menu is updated seasonally and available on our website.

Top review
Anonymous
Dined 2 days ago
Perfect, as always! We took friends from Melbourne who had never been to the Woodhouse before and they were blown away.
A photo of Tinamba Hotel restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1138)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Tinamba

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About the restaurant
Simon and Tania Johnson have owned Tinamba Hotel since October 2020 and feel honoured to be the custodians of the hotel’s proud heritage as they build upon a vision from previous owners, Brad Neilson, Damien Gannon, the Schoenmaeker and Whelan families.

Using the finest, locally grown fresh produce from local suppliers and working with the most talented chefs in the region is what the Johnsons believe sets Tinamba Hotel apart. The signature dishes deliver a truly memorable experience, served in a setting famously known as Gippsland’s favourite destination dining venue.

From the first-class dining experience within the dining room, lounge and conservatory, to the relaxed atmosphere in the Amba Bar and on the outdoor veranda, Simon, Tania and the Tinamba Hotel team provide the finest example of country hospitality for local and visiting customers alike.

Welcome to your Gippsland local. The award-winning Tinamba Hotel.

Top review
ChristinaW
Dined 1 day ago
From when you first step in the door you feel relaxed and welcome. Food and service are excellent.
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4.6
4.6 (1014)
$41 to $100
Contemporary European
Albion

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About the restaurant
Vaquero dining is nestled in under the Old Albion town hall built-in the 1800s. Full of character this venue lets the imagination run wild.
The speakeasy-style entry through a vintaged themed butcher shop sees the space open up into a beautifully fitted out dining haven.
The food is inspired by the Spanish Vaquero (herdsman) with aged and cured meats front and centre on a beautifully designed ever-changing menu.

Chef Angellic Lokeni and his team work side by side with a skilled team of bartenders and waiters.
This is an elegantly casual dining venue with flexibility across the board for events and intimate or romantic dinners,

With Albion trains station 150 meters away Vaquero and On the side will satisfy your every need.
Thank you for your interest in our Albion hidden gem.

Top review
JaneB
Dined on Feb 21, 2024
This was a wonderful dining experience. We had the set menu with the wine pairing. It as all expertly put together.
A photo of Walter’s Steakhouse - Brisbane restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1937)
$41 to $100
Steakhouse
Brisbane CBD

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About the restaurant
Walter's Steakhouse is a restaurant unlike any other. Serving classic dishes paired with old fashioned service.
Top review
JacobP
Dined on Dec 23, 2023
This restaurant was phenomenal as always. We go there at the same time each year as part of our family tradition, and the staff are always incredibly accommodating. Looking forward to next years dinner, but hope to get there more than just once each year!
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